The iPhone 14 has only been out for a few days, but the rumor mill is already churning out predictions about Apple’s future iPhone. According to supply chain expert Ross Young on Twitter, Apple will put the Dynamic Island — the notch replacement that is presently only available on the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max — on all iPhone 15 models, not just the Pro variants.
If accurate, this would make the Dynamic Island the norm on all new iPhones, allowing it to completely replace the notch introduced by Apple with the iPhone X in 2017. (at least until Apple comes up with another design). Young also claims that the standard iPhone 15 will still lack the 120Hz LTPO display that allows the iPhone 14 Pro’s always-on display and quick Promotion feedback, citing a “supply chain issue.”
The Dynamic Island is the black, pill-shaped notch on top of the iPhone 14 Pro that contains the camera array. Apple skillfully integrated the cutout into the rest of the UI by employing animations that make the Dynamic Island look larger as you interact with it. The Dynamic Island shows alerts and will soon allow you to monitor Live Activities from the top of your screen, such as sports scores or the status of an Uber journey.
Adding a Dynamic Island to the iPhone 15 may make upgrading to next year’s base model more tempting than making the tiny step from the iPhone 13 to the ordinary iPhone 14, or “iPhone 13S,” as my colleague Allison Johnson refers to it.